23 March 2015

Menu Plan Monday


Glorious, beautiful jalapenos. How I have searched for you. Salsa is happening.

Well folks, I am re-thinking this blogging thing, and what direction, if any, I want this blog to go. In the meantime, I will continue posting my menu plan. It works really well for me to have it posted with links to recipes I want to try and so on. I don't know about you, but mid-week, I totally lose interest in meal planning. I just want to be told what's for dinner and I want it to be quick and easy.

MONDAY

Pizza
trying a new GF dough recipe

TUESDAY

Parmesan chicken
Roasted parmesan squash
pasta for kids, salad for me

WEDNESDAY

leftover butternut squash soup
Parmesan rounds

THURSDAY

Vegetable Frittata
Oranges

FRIDAY

Takeaways

SATURDAY

Sausages and chips
Grilled Veggies
fruit

SUNDAY

Chef Salads
Bread

16 March 2015

Menu Plan Monday



MONDAY


TUESDAY

Butternut squash chicken soup using this recipe, but not the Kalamata olives. Ick.
Custard filled corn bread

WEDNESDAY

Vegetable Frittata
Fruit

THURSDAY

TBD

FRIDAY

Pizza Bread
Fruit

SATURDAY

Coconut rice
Veg

SUNDAY


09 March 2015

Menu Plan Monday

A rainy day at the beach


MONDAY

Veg stir fry and rice noodles

TUESDAY

Nachos

WEDNESDAY

Thai takeaways

THURSDAY


FRIDAY

Pizza Bread

SATURDAY

Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

SUNDAY

Chile 
Corn bread

09 February 2015

Menu Plan Monday

A view out to Kapiti Island and the ocean - early morning walk with my son


MONDAY

BBQ drumsticks
zucchini

TUESDAY

Chippped Beef (slow cooker)
Noodles (rice for the GF folks)
Salad

WEDNESDAY

Chili with lentils (slow cooker)
Cornbread

THURSDAY

Baked Potato Bar
Oranges

FRIDAY

Meatloaf
mashed potatoes with kama kama
carrot/beetroot slaw

SATURDAY

Fish (if we catch any Friday)
Fish n chips if not

SUNDAY

Roast chicken
Roast veg

06 February 2015

Tween Re-Fashionista and the Chef Shirt - Kids Clothes Week


Our latest find was this white tunic that looks an awful lot like a chef's uniform. It's made of a sturdy 100 percent cotton and feels a little like a bedsheet. Not in a bad way. 

The first thing to do, obviously, was to pick the thing to pieces. 


I removed the button placket on the front to get rid of those tucks, removed the collar, and unpicked the front all the way to the hem. I saved the buttons and the pieces of fabric because you never know what you can re-use later. 

We talked it over and the tween fashionista determined that she wanted a white dress with short sleeves, that she could wear and still ride her scooter. 

Because of the way the front of the dress piece curved, I knew I needed to create a new button placket. I thought a splash of color would be good, so I dug around in my stash and found a cute floral cotton blend. I like it because it has a little stretch, which will be helpful for the curved pieces at the front. 


Trimming the raw edges of the dress was easy. I basically made bias tape out of my floral print, adding some interfacing to the button placket piece. As you can see in the photo top right, I top stitched both sides of the finished trim. I took a little tuck in the sleeve to add some interest. The fussy part was getting the curve right on the front. We wanted a sort of asymmetrical look, and I think we managed it pretty well. The tween fashionista was the dressmaker's dummy and she was pretty patient.



Another great re-fashion project done. I kind of want to go find some turquoise fabric to make her a pair of leggings to wear with this...


05 February 2015

Tween Re-Fashionista - (P)Leather Jacket Refashion - Kids Clothes Week



Several months ago, the tween fashionista and I found this awesome (p)leather jacket at the Salvation Army store. It fit her, almost perfectly and it was $6. It had some damage, especially along the shoulders on the back, but we figured we would find a way to fix it up. 

She is very artistic, and lately she has been fascinated with the koru shape and creating all kinds of koru themed artwork. 


Using the koru as her inspiration, she designed an applique for the back of the jacket. We found some black (p)leather at The Fabric Store and we cut out the pattern. As you can see in the photos below, we used double sided craft tape to stick the design to the jacket. Then I used a running stitch to sew the applique on. The best thing about the craft tape was that it allowed for occasional, careful re-positioning  of the design as I sewed. 


We LOVE how it turned out!



I should also mention that the skirt she is wearing is also an op-shop find - pleated (p)leather in almost mint condition. I adore that she paired it all with the Mickey Mouse tee. Go girl! Now I just need to get her a pair of Doc Martin's, no?




29 January 2015

Pattern Review - Sketchbook Shirt from Oliver & S


Pattern:  I used the pdf version and all the pieces went together quickly and matched up just as they should. The instructions were clear.

Sizing: My son is a size 8 in commercial clothing. Based on  measurements, I opted for the size 10 and it's a good thing I did. 

Fabric: I used a cotton blend from my stash that I probably bought at JoAnn Fabrics. It has a nice feel and washes up really well.

Sewing: Again, the instructions were clear and organized. I think there are a few places where it wouldn't hurt to specify that if you are making the short sleeve view, you proceed this way, if long sleeve, this way type of thing. 

Project time: It took me about 3 hours to sew this shirt.

Favorite things: I love the button plackets and the finished yoke. They add a very professional touch and are really easy to do. 

What I didn't love: I don't like the funky angle on the collar and I will probably change that next time. Also, as you will see in the photo below, the shirt turns out to be fairly short in length. I think it needs to be a good half inch or inch longer for a size 10. It works, but as soon as he grows, it won't work.



And now, a few photos from a most unwilling model. He likes the shirt. He just doesn't like getting the photos taken. 




26 January 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Have I mentioned lately how much I love where I live?



TUESDAY - BBQ Chicken

WEDNESDAY - Pizza (also making extra to freeze for school lunches)


FRIDAY - Fish (whatever is fresh and inexpensive)

SATURDAY - BBQ (TBD)

SUNDAY - Pasta

21 January 2015

Chickpeas with Bacon and Spinach


Sometimes, you have to get a little creative. The other night, I was low on groceries. I had bacon, chickpeas, and a bag of spinach that had got just a little frozen in the back of the fridge. I also needed something quick. I came up with this recipe, and we all really liked it. Even the picky ones. 


Chickpeas with Bacon and Spinach

4-5 strips of bacon, cut in pieces
1 (420g) can chickpeas, drained
6-8 cups spinach, washed
2 cloves garlic, minced

Cook the bacon in a large frying pan until crisp. Drain most of the grease. Add chickpeas and cook until they begin to brown just a little. Add garlic and spinach and cook until spinach is just wilted. 
Serve warm with bread or just on its own. 

20 January 2015

Tramping Around New Zealand - Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is the last area of natural dunes on the Kapiti Coast. In addition to the lovely scenerey, there are also sites of historical significance, inlcuding pa sites at Whareroa and Wainui beaches and evidence of WWII United States Marines camps. 


 WW II United States Marines memorial



We walked the south loop, starting with the beach side. Above is a view over to Kapiti Island. The back side of the loop is through bush and farmland.